Foodwaste is something I really hate. But as you will have noticed, everyone in life makes mistakes sometimes. Sometimes I also make myself guilty of food waste, especially when I buy a lot of fruit and vegetables for recipes and then forget to put a bag away somewhere. Fortunately, I often find out just in time, just before the vegetables or fruits get their feet to go to the trash can myself.
Recently I found about a kilo of pears that were really almost pure. They were still just good, so my dad and I decided to make a loaf of them right away. Ginger, pears and then a delicious batter in the oven. An hour later we had a delicious cake.
Below you will find the recipe. You can of course use any kind of fruit you have at home that you can’t eat in any other way, or just choose the fruit you feel like because you want to make this delicious loaf!
- 3 to 4 soft pears, in cubes (about 300 grams together)
- a piece of ginger of 4 to 6 cm, grated
- 2 large eggs
- vanilla extract
- 175 g brown sugar
- 175 gr soft butter
- 250 gr self-raising flour
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a bread pan and sprinkle flour in it to make sure the batter doesn’t stick.
Wash and peel the pears and cut them into chunks. Use really soft pears. Sift the flour into a bowl. In another (larger) bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Then mix the sifted flour into the bowl with sugar and wet ingredients. Keep mixing well with a mixer for about 5 minutes until the mixture turns light yellow and creamy. The mixture will become quite thick.
Peel the ginger with a spoon and grate it over the mixture. Add the pear pieces. Fold everything gently with a spatula. You will notice that the batter is already thinning. Add as much pear as you want, but make sure your cake mixture still fits in your baking pan. You can also divide the batter into two molds, but then you have to adjust the baking time to the size of the cakes in the oven!
Taste the batter. Is there enough ginger in it and do you taste the pear? You can now add something. Carefully pour the mixture into the baking tin and place in the center of the oven. Bake your cake for about 50 minutes or until you think the cake is done. You can test that by poking it and seeing if your stick comes out clean.
Let the cake cool down, garnish it with icing sugar and then serve it with fresh whipped cream!
A delicate cake with a wonderfully sweet freshness due to the ginger. Delicious for breakfast or for when visitors come with a cup of coffee!
Now of course I am curious what you do when you find fruit or vegetables that you can no longer use for anything else. Do you have any tips for that? Share them with me, I always love new tips and tricks.